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Construction defects lead to code violations

If you are looking to purchase a home here in Los Angeles, it is vital that you choose a property that is in compliance with all local, state and federal building codes. Any violations of the codes should be apparent during the pre-purchase inspection by an independent party whom you hire.

But, unfortunately, inspectors are fallible humans capable of missing dangerous lapses. Some might even be on the take and be susceptible to bribes or kickbacks from shady developers who encourage them to look the other way if they encounter violations of the safety codes.

Common code violations

Prospective homeowners should know what pitfalls to look out for when it comes to code violations. Below are some of the common violations of building codes that can lead to great woe for the homebuyers.

Electrical flaws

The fires that recently burned parts of Southern California serve as reminders of the importance of making sure that all wiring and electricity are up to code on any renovations or new builds.

Examine the electrical panel (the "fusebox"). It should have each circuit labeled and a main disconnect switch that can cut all power to the home in the event of a fire, earthquake or other disaster.

Make sure that a certified electrician signs off on all electrical work. Never allow low-voltage and line-voltage wires to mix together or too many wires to be included in a single outlet box or switch.

Be mindful of any recessed lighting, as poorly installed or insulated lights can become a fire hazard.

Splice boxes should be used to install new fixtures to wire that's already in use. Splice boxes should never be buried.

Use expansion tanks on water heaters

An additional, a smaller tank to relieve pressure on your main water tank if it gets too hot can prevent it from expanding and bursting from the pressure. An exploded water tank is both potentially deadly and catastropically damaging to your home. If the home you are purchasing does not have an expansion tank, consider the purchase of one to be money well spent.

What happens if you purchase a defective home?

Of course, the ideal course of action is to identify these defects before any money changes hands between the buyer and seller. But, stuff happens.

If it happens to you, you are not without recourse in the matter. Construction defects are both dangerous and costly and can adversely affect the resalability of your home at some future point.

Learn how you can seek civil justice after construction defects mar your enjoyment of the property that you purchased.

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